Jason Bond 540-387-5493
June 28, 2017
TRAFFIC ALERT: ROUTE 643 (BELLEVUE ROAD) BRIDGE IN BEDFORD COUNTY CLOSED LONG TERM FOR REPAIRS
SALEM – The Route 643 (Bellevue Road) bridge over the railroad tracks in Bedford County near the community of Goode is expected to remain closed until sometime in late 2017 or early 2018.
The bridge is located approximately 2.3 miles southeast of Route 705 (Terrace View Road) and 0.2 mile northeast of Route 762 (Goode Station Road).
The bridge is closed due to extensive damage to its railing and girder (outer beam) that was caused in June 2017 when a piece of construction equipment crossing the bridge struck it.
The Virginia Department of Transportation had hoped to make repairs to reopen the bridge in summer 2017 before temporarily closing it again once additional rehabilitation work could be scheduled in the fall.
However, VDOT has determined that the bridge’s girder is damaged beyond repair and has ordered a replacement girder that will take months to be fabricated. Additional rehabilitation on the bridge’s timbers and steel components will also be completed during the closure.
The bridge is expected to remain closed through late 2017 or early 2018. Drivers will need to seek alternate routes around the closure.
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